Best Frequent Flyer and Frequent Guest Programs Chosen in the 2014 Freddie Awards Apr 25, 2014 01:02AM


For the third year in a row, American AAdvantage has been named frequent flyer Program of the Year. Marriott Rewards held the top spot, for the seventh consecutive year, taking the highest honor among hotel programs in the Americas region at the 2014 Freddie Awards on Thursday, April 24th. A record number of over 19 million page views were recorded by frequent travelers from around the globe who voted in this year's Freddie Awards.

Internationally, AIR FRANCE/KLM Flying Blue is Program of the Year for the Europe/Africa region and Virgin Australia Velocity received the Program of the Year Freddie Award in the Middle East/Asia/Oceania region.

The Freddie Awards represent excellence in frequent travel programs and rate the best programs in six categories: Program of the Year, Best Promotion, Best Redemption Ability, Best Customer Service, Best Elite Program and Best Loyalty Credit Card. Voters were permitted to vote for programs in one of three global regions: Americas, Europe/Africa and Middle East/Asia/Oceania.

IHG Rewards Club won Program of the Year in the Europe/Africa region and Hyatt Gold Passport received the Program of the Year Freddie Award in the Middle East/Asia/Oceania region. All of the loyalty programs that won this year have won Freddie Awards in the past.

The Best Customer Service Freddie Award recognizes the airline and hotel program with the most helpful customer service agents and policies, the ones that offer the best interactions to provide a top-notch experience. Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards was given the honor in the Americas region for the second year in a row, while fourth-time Best Customer Service winner, SAS EuroBonus, received the Freddie for the Europe/Africa region. Virgin Australia Velocity came out on top, winning the Freddie for Best Customer Service for the Middle East/Asia/Oceania region.

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Card was named top loyalty credit card in the Americas region. The Flying Blue American Express Card was the winner in the Europe/Africa region and the ADIB Etihad Guest Card won in the Middle East/Asia/Oceania region - marking the third year in a row that loyalty credit cards affiliated with airline programs swept the regions.

IHG Rewards Club won five Freddie Awards to claim the most Freddies for a hotel program, while Virgin Australia Velocity received the most Freddie Awards for an airline program with five. AIR FRANCE/KLM Flying Blue followed their lead with four wins.

The awards were announced this evening during a gala event at The Museum of Flight near Seattle, Wash. More than 300 airline, hotel and credit card representatives attended the ceremony, along with frequent flyers who voted in this year's awards.

"We are delighted to once again allow frequent flyers throughout the world the opportunity to select the frequent travel programs that they believe have achieved excellence," said Randy Petersen, founder of the Freddie Awards and one of the hosts of the event. "This is not an elitist view of these programs but rather the 'best' are determined by the votes of those who spend a great deal of their life on the road."

The Freddie Awards are named after the late Sir Freddie Laker, who attracted fame (and a knighthood in the United Kingdom) for pioneering low-cost air travel across the Atlantic in the 1970s.

American Express, USA TODAY,, Priority Pass, Switchfly, ICLP and sponsored this year's event.

Program of the Year
Americas Airline: American AAdvantage
Americas Hotel: Marriott Rewards
Europe/Africa Airline: AIR FRANCE/KLM Flying Blue
Europe/Africa Hotel: IHG Rewards Club
Middle East/Asia/Oceania Airline: Virgin Australia Velocity
Middle East/Asia/Oceania Hotel: Hyatt Gold Passport

Best Promotion
Americas Airline: Avianca LifeMiles
Americas Hotel: Marriott Rewards
Europe/Africa Airline: AIR FRANCE/KLM Flying Blue
Europe/Africa Hotel: IHG Rewards Club
Middle East/Asia/Oceania Airline: Virgin Australia Velocity
Middle East/Asia/Oceania Hotel: IHG Rewards Club

Best Redemption Ability
Americas Airline: Avianca LifeMiles
Americas Hotel: Marriott Rewards
Europe/Africa Airline: AIR FRANCE/KLM Flying Blue
Europe/Africa Hotel: IHG Rewards Club
Middle East/Asia/Oceania Airline: Virgin Australia Velocity
Middle East/Asia/Oceania Hotel: Starwood Preferred Guest

Best Customer Service
Americas Airline: Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards
Americas Hotel: Marriott Rewards
Europe/Africa Airline: SAS EuroBonus
Europe/Africa Hotel: IHG Rewards Club
Middle East/Asia/Oceania Airline: Virgin Australia Velocity
Middle East/Asia/Oceania Hotel: Starwood Preferred Guest

Best Elite Program
Americas Airline: American AAdvantage
Americas Hotel: Hyatt Gold Passport
Europe/Africa Airline: Lufthansa Miles & More
Europe/Africa Hotel: Starwood Preferred Guest
Middle East/Asia/Oceania Airline: Virgin Australia Velocity
Middle East/Asia/Oceania Hotel: Hyatt Gold Passport

Best Loyalty Credit Card
Americas: Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Card
Europe/Africa: Flying Blue American Express Card
Middle East/Asia/Oceania: ADIB Etihad Guest Card

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Step Up Collagen Production for Better Skin Quality; Sublime Beauty® Offers Two Serums on Sale That Focus on Collagen Apr 25, 2014 01:02AM

St. Petersburg, FL (PRWEB) April 25, 2014

Loss of collagen is a contributing factor to wrinkles, sagging and thinning of skin. We lose collagen each year, and by age 60 we have lost more than 45% of our collagen.

In order to help skin quality and look, we must step up production of collagen that has slowed. Many Sublime Beauty® products do just that, and two of the most popular and effective are on sale this week:

Collagen Peptide Serum, with key ingredient Matrixyl, which can double collagen production. (Coupon Code is COLLAGEN20 for 20% off and free shipping.)

Cell Renewal | Fibroblast Serum, a high-end stem cell serum which has the fibroblasts in our skin "turn on" the collagen production. (Coupon Code is STEM25 for 25% off and free shipping.)

"We have a wide line of quality anti-aging products (both pre-emptive and re-active), and many of them focus on encouraging collagen production, since it is so key to improving skin," says Kathy Heshelow, founder of Sublime Beauty®.

The company offers brochures at the company webstore,, to help customers understand product ingredients better as well as expectations.

The company also offers a VIP Club to earn points for discounts, and those interested can also sign up to learn of secret discounts and deals at Sublime Beauty.

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Cheap Swim Spas for the USA and EU Markets Announced by XC Spa Apr 25, 2014 01:02AM

(PRWEB) April 25, 2014

XC Spa is announcing a special offer on all its swim spas for the USA and EU markets. The company hopes to expand its market share through high quality products and a series of promotions.

Now, the friendly and helpful spa team of XC Spa is ready to talk to customers about booking or to explain and recommend treatments. The global consumers can know the key benefits of XC Spa's swim spas and hot tubs easily; those products have been very popular on the market.

XC Spa focuses customers' holistic well-being and the nourishment of their minds. All its spa products come in different designs and custom services are also available here. XC Spa has specially recommended its popular swim spa 821, which is suitable for 1 persons lying inside and 5 people sitting inside, enjoying the massage and spa.

XC Spa is a renowned spa company that specializes in the designing and manufacturing spa products like far infrared sauna, outdoor spa pools and more. The business provides the highest quality spas, hot tubs and saunas with the highest quality of customer service and care. Customers can always find what they need on this company's official website.

About XC Spa
XC Spa is a ISO9001:2000 certified company offering a wide range of Spa products, especially hot tubs, outdoor spa and swimming spa tubs. The company's products go through a strict quality-control process, and they are resistant to weathering, warping and scoffing. Premium product quality and great customer service are the reason that their products are widely recognized by the customers worldwide.

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Singapore Touted To Become Asia's Silicon Valley: AsiaBiz Services Apr 25, 2014 01:01AM

Singapore (PRWEB) April 25, 2014

Singapore inches closer to becoming Asia's version of Silicon Valley as the National Research Foundation (NRF) injects $60 million this week into six venture capital funds that finance high tech startups in Singapore. This capital will be matched dollar-for-dollar by selected private investors to amount to $120 million for the sole purpose of stimulating technology-oriented entrepreneurship in Singapore.

Singapore is the gateway to Asia and attractive destination for expatriates. It is also identified as one of the top launch pads for business ventures, owing primarily to the ease of conducting business. The nation's growing entrepreneurial momentum and tech-savvy workforce makes it an ideal hub for tech-startups to flourish, among other factors as stated below.

The $60 million contributed by the NRF is the second batch of funding allocated for tech startups in Singapore. In 2008, the NRF created the Technology Incubation Scheme for the common purpose of uplifting tech startups, and have since funded 14 incubators and more than 100 tech startups to date with $50 million from 2010 to 2013.

"With the Government co-investing 85% of the capital up to $500,000, it is no wonder that Singapore is touted as Asia's Silicon Valley," said Mr. James Nuben, Head of Taxation at AsiaBiz Services.

Apart from the Technology Incubation Scheme, Spring Singapore has also offered co-funding opportunities to local tech startups called the Spring Seeds Capital (SSC), which has invested over $75 million in 210 startup companies, and garnered private investments for startups at over $150 million since 2001.

These funding schemes have made Singapore extremely popular among tech entrepreneurs from around Asia to kick start their tech startups.

Singapore has also created a number of hives of tech entrepreneurial activity. BLK71 in Ayer Rajah Crescent and The Hub in Somerset are some of the sites selected by the Government to accommodate numerous startup companies. For instance, BLK71 is the home to more than 100 startup companies that includes 3D-printing startups, software startups, and electric mobility startups, and is now being expanded into JTC LaunchPad@One-North, as announced earlier this year.

The close proximity the tech entrepreneurs share with one another has become a defining characteristic in their dynamic exchange of ideas and mentorship. The cross-pollination and diversity in these sites have enabled these entrepreneurs to fuel their innovation and productivity rapidly.

The juggernauts of the tech industry such as YouTube, Yahoo, MSN, LinkedIn and Facebook have founded offices in Singapore, and this has led to an upsurge in the tech-entrepreneurial climate of Singapore. This has led to top notch talent from Silicon Valley to be channeled to Singapore, such as Russel Simmons of PayPal fame to mentor tech startups.

The behemoth tech companies that have made their presence in Singapore have also ushered in investor confidence in Singaporean startups and a steady stream of venture capital. One such venture capital and incubator fund is the Golden Gate Ventures (GGV). GGV has migrated from Silicon Valley to establish a US$10 million incubator fund in Singapore, with the objective of fostering the collaboration between Silicon Valley and Asia.

Viki is a local tech company to benefit from this influx of capital. It is an online video streaming site that was registered and incorporated by students of Stanford and Harvard Universities in Singapore due to its closeness to the target affluent Asian market and accessibility to engineering-skilled workforce. In 2013, Viki was among the 20 local startup companies that was acquired by mammoth Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten for $200 million.

"It is undeniably lucid that Singapore has the right mix of capital flow, optimal environment, and ability to entice the big names in the tech universe to evolve into Asia's Silicon Valley," declared Mr. James Nuben.

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The Midland Group Takes on Project to Resolve Difficult Commercial Payer Accounts Apr 25, 2014 01:01AM

Lawrence, KS (PRWEB) April 25, 2014

As part of an ongoing partnership with Salina Regional Health Center, The Midland Group is working in cooperation with full-time staff to resolve many of the hospital's difficult third-party payer accounts. Work on the project began in late February and is expected to take up to a year to complete. Once complete, The Midland Group will have successfully worked more than 2,500 accounts totaling in excess of $4.5 million.

"We value our ongoing relationship with Salina Regional Health Center, and are looking forward to providing high-quality service and results on this project," said Roger McCollister, CEO of The Midland Group. "Our specialists have years of experience in working with all payer types, especially in difficult cases and have the expertise needed to work with these payers successfully."

Salina Regional Health Center assigned the project to The Midland Group as part of the companies' continued partnership in effect spanning more than 20 years. The Midland Group will be working with all commercial-payer accounts, resolving difficult balances for the hospital. Since 1993, Salina Regional Health Center has partnered with The Midland Group to, among other services, advocate for uninsured patients with Medicaid eligibility application assistance.

Salina Regional Health Center also utilizes the expertise of The Midland Group to resolve commercial payer accounts through accident/liability lien filing and tracking. When a patient is injured in an accident that isn't his or her fault and hospital bills remain unpaid. The Midland Group works directly with responsible parties and the process to ensure direct payment to the hospital is made when payment is ultimately made following litigation or settlement.

The Midland Group, a nationally recognized provider of Self-Pay Solutions® for hospitals, is owned and controlled by a non-profit charitable trust. In addition to providing patients with public benefit enrollment assistance, third-party billing and filing accident/liability liens, they provide flexible, affordable and low-interest patient payment plans to hospitals as part of their mission to improve access to healthcare for low-income and uninsured patients. For more information about The Midland Group and their Self-Pay Solutions®, call (855) 890-9586 or info(at)midlandgroup(dot)com.

Salina Regional Health Center, located in Salina, Kansas, is a comprehensive acute care hospital that serves all of North Central Kansas. With 171 staffed beds and more than 7,000 inpatient discharges annually, Salina Regional Health Center boasts a Level III Trauma Center, a 26-bed Intensive Care Unit and a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. For more information about Salina Regional Health Center, visit their website or call (785) 452-7000.

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